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for son tiff kit of pope benedict xvi. then around 2:00 he will catch a flight to rome where he will take part in selecting the next pope. pope benedict held his final sunday blessing this morning. he will only have one scheduled appearance before he retires on thursday. this all comes as the italian media now reporting a whirlwind of controversy surrounding his historic resignation. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi praying with cardinals. outside that spiritual haven a storm is brewing. the vatican is lashing out at the italian media for a string of what they call quote defamatory false reports. >> it is deplorable as we draw closer to the time of the beginning of the conclave and the cardinal electors will be held in conscious and before god to freely indicate their choice that there be a wide spread distribution of often unverifiable or completely false news stories. >> reporter: italian newspapers have suggested a secret dossier prepared by the pope and three cardinals. the report lists a series of scandals involving sex, money, and power. and suggesting a shadowy gay lobby. the content
legal troubles. >> thanks for joining us at 6:00. our top stories tonight, pope benedict the xvi giving his final blessings to a huge crowd in st. peter's square today. police estimated over 100,000 people gathered to listen to the pope's last weekly prayer. pope benedict thanked everyone for his prayers and support he's received in the recent weeks. the 85-year-old pontiff will step down on thursday at 8:00 p.m. >>> a special mass today before heading to the airport. >> he'll be taking part in the selection of a new pope. lauren? >> reporter: the cardinal stopped to speak with us. he said pope benedict's successor will have to have a balance between wisdom and energy. enough energy to take on the abilities and wisdom to lead the church. it's secretive, but he shared what he could with us. >> reporter: loaded to rome for the mission of a lifetime. >> apart from the most significant thing you could do, i can't imagine that i would have to do anything as important as this. >> cardinal donald world, departing from dull less international headed to italy. >> the preparation for something as
from n. >>> the long farewell. pope benedict delivering his final sunday this morning. thousands flocking to st. peter's square as the vatican deals with another claim of inappropriate behavior, this time by a cardinal. >>> and the winner is? the excitement building this morning. the oscars just hours away. we'll take a look at which movies and stars could take home that coveted golden statue today. sunday, february 24, 2013. >>> very festive music on this sunday morning. >> wish you were walking awe with a statue right now. >> i think we should. i'm erica hill. >> and i'm lester holt. we'll have more on oscar buzz coming up. but we have serious news, including the scary crash at daytona. a crowd went flying into the wall during the final lap. 33 people hurt. crews working throughout the night to get the track ready for today's daytona 500. a live report in just a moment. >>> also this morning, yet another round of gridlock. we're just five days away from sweeping spending cuts that could impact everything from your food to your paycheck, and they could be just the beginning. com
in the heartland. >>> final blessing. the enormous crowd to hear pope benedict deliver his last public words of prayer. this as more cardinals are asked today to skip the election of a new pope. >>> and the academy awards, the show stopping finale. the brand new host. >> the biggest challenge is going to be getting there on time. i think it starts at 5:30. >> and meet the only two people on earth who already know who the winners are. >> good evening, everyone. thank you so much for joining us on this spd night. i'm paula faris. davis mur is on assignment. we begin with the dramatic start to the nascar season. the stadium packed with 167,000 fans for the celebrated daytona 500 today. they were there to watch jimmie johnson cross the finish line and take the season's first prize. but in the back of their minds, there were these images of the terrifying end to yesterday's preliminary race. a spin-out involving a dozen cars. one mangled car smashing into the fence and breaking into pieces. some pieces striking fans and injuring 28 people. after a frantic night repairing all of that damage, today
a starting date for the conclave that will pick the next pope. in his last sunday service today pope benedict reassured roman catholics that he will continue to serve god when he entered retirement on thursday. but as that transition gets under way allen pizzey reports a new vatican scandal has emerged. >> reporter: benedict used his final sunday blessing to assure the estimated 100,000 people in st. pelter's square that he wasn't abandoning the church. the 85-year-old pope said he would continue to serve but in a way more suitable to my age and my strength. the crises that sapped his strength continue to swirl even as benedict goes into what he called a new life of prayer and meditation. three priests and a former cleric have claimed that cardinal keith o'brien in scottland engauged in inappropriate contact with them 30 years ago. their charges were sent to the vatican a week before the pope resigned. the myriad scandals in the church didn't worry elizabeth walsh of st. paul minnesota. >> it's if god's hands. the holly spirit has been with the church for 2,000 years. i don't think it is all
for the conclave that will pick the next pope. in his last sunday service today pope benedict reassured roman catholics that he will continue to serve god when he entered retirement on thursday. but as that transition gets under way allen pizzey reports a new vatican scandal has emerged. >> reporter: benedict used his final sunday blessing to assure the estimated 100,000 people in st. pelter's square that he wasn't abandoning the church. the 85-year-old pope said he would continue to serve but in a way more suitable to my age and my strength. the crises that sapped his strength continue to swirl even as benedict goes into what he called a new life of prayer and meditation. three priests and a former cleric have claimed that cardinal keith o'brien in scottland engauged in inappropriate contact with them 30 years ago. their charges were sent to the vatican a week before the pope resigned. the myriad scandals in the church didn't worry elizabeth walsh of st. paul, minnesota. >> it's if god's hands. the holly spirit has been with the church for 2,000 years. i don't think it is all going to crumba
at the vatican to choose a successor to pope benedict. and tonight, a cbs reporter shows us, there are new hints of scandal clouded of pope's final days. >> in a final address today, benedict thanked church officials for helping him bear the weight. the italian media has been riddled with alleged scandals, including the existence of a gay lobby of homosexual priests within the church high . the latest stories are centered on an investigation by three cardinals into the scandal that resulted in the conviction of the pope's butler for stealing secret documents. today, the vatican issued a blast of defusion of news that is often unverified, unverifyable and false, with serious damage to people and institutions. the main concern seems to be the effect the news could have on the cardinals when they enter the conclave to choose the next pope. scottland's cardinal summed it up this way. >> knowing the person who might choose will be assuming increasi heavy responsibilities, not just for the roman catholic church, but for itself. >> benedict remains busy with the responsibility of fare well. today i
, but was revived and then died last night. >>> now to vatican city where pope benedict thanks members of the vatican's central administration for their support before he leaves office. he spoke with a group of personnel, some privately, and then tomorrow, pope benedict will hold his last sunday blessing. here in ballet bhoash local parishioners held a mass in honor of the 85-year-old. >> reporter: a mass of thanksgiving. catholics say good-bye to pope benedict xvi. >> we want to pray for him. >> reporter: hundreds packed the pews for huh this historic service. it's the first time living pope has retired since 1415. >> it's a great act to step aside on behalf of the great needs of the church. it speak thoises great humanity and love of us. >> reporter: parishioners expressed their favoring opinions of the pope. >> he's put in major contributions while he was pope. >> we wanted to pray for him. we know he will spend the rest o his days in prayer for us. >> reporter: cardinals will choose a new pope in coming weeks. >> when i see that white smoke
that has the pope's spokesman of accusing people of trying to pick pope benedict's successor. the oscars are tonight and the question remains who is going to win. we will have the various races, who are the potential upsets going into tonight. we will look at that and on a light note it's a canine fat camp. inside a company this is helping to get minnesota's best friend healthy and trim. pet obesity, apparently a big problem in america. one dog at this place lost 25 pounds in three weeks, which would be impressive for humans. and that's all coming up on gma this morning. katie, hope you will be in the audience. >> i hope those canines can have some tips for their two-legged friends. >> especially going into top's oscars viewing party. >> oh, yes, you can be too thin. thanks, dan. >>> >>> this morning there are nearly 400 fewer firearms on the peninsula after a tri-city gun buyback. the event involving palo alto, east palo alto and menlo park was so popular many were turned away. police paid $100 forehand guns and 300 for assault weapons. one man alone collected $1,400. >> i'm a duck hunt
benedict xvis a -- last public prayer before he retires. the vatican is strongly denouncing italian media reports that gay priests at the vatican were being blackmailed by male prostitutes. i will speak to a journalist who covers the vatican later on this hour. >>> back in this country, a winter storm is slamming colorado right now. forecasters say denver could get up to ten inches of snow. the storm moves on to the plain states tomorrow and in the northeast, it's a pretty messy weekend there as well. this is what manchester, new hampshire, looks like. lots of wet, heavy snow. about 6,000 homes and businesses are now without power. >>> hollywood heavyweights are getting red carpet ready for the oscars. the 85th annual academy awards gets under way about three hours from now. and this year could be one for the record books. we will explain why in just a few moments, live from hollywood. >>> all right. back to daytona. can danica patrick race her way to victory lane? that's the question of the hour as patrick remains near the front of the pack with less than 50 laps to go in the daytona 500
you open an account. >>> this was a bittersweet day at the vatican as pope benedict xvi made his final sunday appearance and the church faced new allegations of wrong doing. nbc's ann thompson is at the vatican for us tonight. ann, good evening. >> good evening, lester. people packed st. peters square today to say good-bye to pope benedict. he told the crowd that by retiring he was not abandoning the church, but, rather, that god had called him to a life of more prayer and meditation. the crowd, in turn, in song and with signs and in many different languages said thank you to the 85-year-old pontiff. as that was happening, there were new charges. there were charges being brought against a scottish cardinal, one of the men that will vote for the new pope, three priests and one young priest accused him of inappropriate behavior. lester. >> ann thompson in rome tonight. thank you. >>> that's "nbc nightly news" for this sunday. i'll see you short loyel
. these are some of the last pictures of pope benedict xvi before he steps down at pope on thursday. the pontiff giving his final sunday bless to go 100 thousands of the faithful in st. peter's square. he says even though he's retiring, he's not abandoning the church. he'll live in a monastery on the vatican grounds. he has one more public appearance on wednesday. then he becomes the first pope in 600 years to step down. coming up in the next hour, we've have a lot more. the pope's last day at the window. monsignor james liasson ty. >> brand-new information about the horrific crash that injured dozens of nascar fans. >> a live look at the daytona speedway where crews worked through the night to repair a gaping hole in the catch fence. thank goodness this was there. a car careened off the track, hurling debris into the stands. even part of the engine. the people were lined up along the fence as the cargoes airborne. the fence ripping off the front of the vehicle, sending chunks of metal into the crowd. here's what some fans had to say. >> i didn't realize he was hurt as bad until i saw him laying
daytona. >>> pope benedict xvi gave his final blessing at the vatican before his resignation, officially stepping down on thursday. alex savage is live with more on some of the controversy surrounding the process to find his replacement. alex? >> reporter: the church's sexual abuse scandal could certainly play a role in the selection process moving forward. today, catholics around the world and here in the bay area are honoring pope benedict xvi as he steps down just days later on this week. earlier on this morning, the outgoing pope gave his final blessing at the vatican. >> yes, guys, they are right there. >> the 85-year-old spoke from his studio window addressing a huge crowd that packs st. peter square. estimated at roughly 100,000 people. the pope spoke in a clear, strong voice thanking the faithful for their closeness and affection and tried to reassure catholics that he is not abandoning the church. he'll be stepping down on thursday. the first pope to do so in 600 years. and then soon the search for the next pope will begin. a conclave of 120 cardinals will vote in vote on benedi
into the stands hurting fans. >>> and pope benedict xvi prepares to step down. there he is addressing the hundreds if not thousands gathered to see him. i am richard jordan. >> i am angie goff. it's sunday, february 24th, 2013, and we will have more from the vatican. first, we want to get over to your weather. >> let's go to meteorologist, chuck bell, and he has the forecast. >> good morning to both of you, and good morning, everybody, winter is here. you said it was going to be sunny today, and it is, you have to wait a couple hours for the sunshine. right now temperatures in the 30s and 40s, so not terribly cold, but there's light sprinkles down to the south along i-95 down to the south and a few sprinkles across frederick, maryland, as well. on your way out the door this morning a couple sprinkles and showers but that won't last long and we will have sunshine by lunchtime. >>> a double homicide overnight. police were called before 2:00 this morning to a report of shots fired off new hampshire avenue. officers found two men dead in a driveway. no word on their identities or the search for a gunm
sunday sermon in sunday square where pope benedict will step down and this one, the church did not see coming. the allegations of sex, money and scandal at the highest levels of the church. >> pope benedict is stepping down this coming thursday, but it seems his last days as pope may not be so easy. >> reporter: reports broke in two leading italian publications suggest that the reason for resigning was far more explosive. shock at the discovery of a network of gay priests at the vatican blackmailed by a network of male prostitutes. according to the reports the results of an investigation by three cardinals assigned to look into wrong-doing at the vatican were submitted to pope benedict last year. the reports say that it's suggested that serious financial improprieties were revealed. the pope was so shocked by the findings, he decided to resign. the vatican has responded with uncharacteristically strong language calling it unverified or unverifiable even completely false news stories cause damage to persons and institutions are an attempt to use public opinion to influence the cardinal'
. >>> continuing our coverage of the pope's resignation, less than a week before pope benedict xvi steps down, the italian media is publishing controversial reports about new secrets within the church. as molly line reports, today, the vatican blasted back at the reports. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi, praying with cardinals on the last day of lenten religious services. but outside the spiritual haven, a storm is brewing. the vatican is lashing out at the italian media for a string of what they call, quote, defamatory falsified reports. >> it is deplorable that as we draw closer to the time of the beginning of the conclave and the cardinal electors will be held in conscience and before god to freely indicate their choice, that there be a widespread distribution of often unverified, unverifiable, or completely false news stories. >> reporter: italian newspapers in recent days have suggested a secret dossier prepared by the pope, alleging a series of scandals involving sex, money and power, even suggesting a, quote, shadowy gay lobby in the vatican. there's speculation in the italian media the
. >>> pope benedict xvi is scheduled to resign from the papacy on february 28th. the italian moda is reporting a whirlwind of controversy around his resignation. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi praying with cardinals on the last day of religious services. outside that spiritual haven, a storm is brewing. the vatican is lashing out at the italian media for a string of what they call, quote, defamatory falsified reports. >> it's deplorable that as we draw closer to the time of the beginning of the conclave and the cardinal electors will be held in conscience and before god to freely indicate their choice that there be a widespread distribution of often unverified, unverifiable or completely false news stories. >> reporter: italian newspapers in recent days suggested a secret docier prepared for the pope by three cardinals who investigated leaked documents in 2012. the report alleges a series of scandals involving sex, money, and power and suggesting a, quote, shadowy gay lobby in the vatican. -- vatican. there is speculation the contents is what caused pope benedict xvi to resign. >>
to the vaticanyou. where pope benedict is set to resign this coming thursday. cardinals from around the worldenedi have started to arrive in rome to elect the successor.d the tonight as allen pizzey reports,n there are new hints of scandal clouding the pope's final few days.l >> reporter: in a final address to the vatican bureaucracy today, benedict thanked church officials for helping him bear what he called the weight of the papacy. just how heavy the weight is has been highlighted over the past the week. ju the italian media has been pa riddled with eyebrow-raising stories of alleged scandals,n r including the existence of a gay ey lobby of homosexual priestsst within the church hierarchy. that may be an exaggeration, but a vatican official was fired because of a homosexual liaisonas in 2007 and another in 2010. the latest stories to offend then vatican are centered on an investigation by three cardinals. into the so-called vati-leaks b scandal that resulted in the conviction of the pope's butler for stealing documents. va today, the vatican issued ahe blast: the main concern seems to be the ef
benedict the 16th deliver his final sunday blessing. >> i think everyone for the many expressions of gratitude. this morning the pontiff think the crowd in english. the pope will retire on thursday. here in baltimore, local parishioners held a mass to honor the 85-year-old. at a may has story. >> reporter: a mass at the cathedral of mary our queen. catholics say goodbye to pope benedict the 16th. >> we know that he's given everything to us, now we want to pray for him. >> hundreds packed with pews for this historic service. it's the first time a living pope has retired since 1415. >> it's an act of great humility to step aside in view of the great needs of the church. it also speaks to his great humanity and his loss -- his love for all of us. >> he wasn't that anxious to become pope when they made him pope. he's put in a major contribution. >> we know he will spend the rest of his days in prayer for us. >> cap was also pray for cardinals for the new pope. >> i guess i would like to say, yes, it's going to be an american. smith. >>
moments ago, from the chinese new year. >> a new controversy is rocking the vatican in pope benedict's final days. the report. first published in the rome daily. la repubblica. details an investigation by three cardinals into a network of gay priests that were allegedly blackmailed by a group of male prostitutes. it also contains information on financial wrongdoing within the vatican. the paper then suggests that the pope was so shocked by these findings that he decided to resign. the vatican responded by saying that unverified and false news stories can cause serious damage. adding that the story is an attempt to use public opinion to influence the cardinal's decision in the upcoming election for the new pope. >> to date none of us have actually seen this secret report delivered by the three cardinals to benedict the 16th so it's impossible to say precisely what it contains. on the other hand the claim of this story that the cardinals looked in the possibility that there might be a network of gay clergy inside the vatican who are vulnerable to pressure. to me that passes the smell t
before pope benedict xvi steps down, some major newspapers in italy are printing details of an investigation that links senior catholic leaders to a church cover-up. full details when we're live from rome in just a few minutes here on cnn. >>> a fierce winter storm is headed right for the northeast. parts of vermont, new hampshire, maine and massachusetts can expect up to 10 inches of snow. and rain will soak most of the east coast from washington, d.c. to the south. boston will get a slushy mix of rain and snow. the city still cleaning up after that big blizzard that hit two weeks ago. >>> next, the deadly silence that surrounds suicide. one family's heartbreaking story. >>> suicide is such a taboo subject. one man found the courage to go public about his older brother's suicide after mindy mccready ended her life. "usa today" editor john siniff wrote about losing his brother, ted. he wrote this, i knew that he'd been battling debilitating back pain, alcoholism, drug abuse for years. i ache, still as i recall his sad eyes. and we can't keep looking the other way. john jo
benedict's last sunday blessings. >> and while there could be drizzle, more sunshine for the afternoon. >> and imagine this, pretty tense moments. nearly 100 people got stuck on a zoo monorail. how firefighters were able to get them down. th >> and welcome back to 11 news sunday morning. thank you so much for joining us. >> ava here with another look outside. still foggy driving in this morning. any better? >> yes. still lingering over from yesterday. yesterday was one of those days where you just wanted to stay inside. >> we were starting the day off like that but as you see right now on the radar there's still some activity going on in the mid-atlantic. those are sprinkles trying to develop and the steadiest of the showers are down to the south moving offshore. so you just have to deal with these high moisture counts then we should see some clearing. they are reporting dry conditions. the current temperature with all that mild weather keeping the temperature is ok this morning then we're warmer as we go into the afternoon and we should see more sunshine this afternoon and that will l
benedict xvi steps down, some major newspapers in italy are printing details of an investigation that links senior catholic leaders to a church cover-up. full details when we're live from rome in just a few minutes here on cnn. >>> a fierce winter storm is headed right for the northeast. parts of vermont, new hampshire, maine and massachusetts can expect up to 10 inches of snow. and rain will soak most of the east coast from washington, d.c. to the south. boston will get a slushy mix of rain and snow. the city still cleaning up after that big blizzard that hit two weeks ago. >>> next, the deadly silence that surrounds suicide. one family's heartbreaking story. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] what's the point of an epa estimated 42 miles per gallon if the miles aren't interesting? the lexus ct hybrid. this is the pursuit of perfection. progress-oh! [ female announcer ] with 40 delicious progresso soups at 100 calories or less, there are plenty of reasons people are saying "progress-oh!" share your progress-oh! story on facebook. there's nothing like our grilled lobster and lobster tacos. the bar
, pope benedict xvi is stepping down on thursday. meanwhile, vatican suggest that the pope is resigning over documents leaked last year. the pope says he's not strong enough. washington cardinal leaves tomorrow to be part of the conclave to be part of the new pope. >>> the obama administration is jumping into the legal battle over same-sex marriage at the supreme court. in a brief filed with the court, the administration says the defensive marriage act is unconstitutional because it violates equal protection. justices will hear arguments in a challenge to that law and california's proposition 8 next month. >>> still to come tonight, why football star manti te'o has waited so long to speak about the hoax involving his supposed girlfriend. his first news conference since the story broke. >>> and sunday could deliver >>> a media blitz today to hear from manti te'o. he says he's over the embarrassment about the online girlfriend hoax and is ready to focus on football. today he spoke at the nfl combine. in january he said that a girl that he thought died had never actually existed. >> people
day at the vatican, catholics watched pope benedict give his final sunday address. [ cheering and applause ] >> the pontiff delivered his final blessing to tens of thousands from his apartment overlooking st. peter's square. he said he is not abandoning the church. rather he is retiring to spend his final years in prayer. the 85-year-old is stepping down thursday, the first pope to do so in almost 600 years, not since 1415, quite historic moment for the catholic church. >> that's older than our country. >> feels like it's been that long since we saw sun. >>> we saw it today. we get another day of sunshine tomorrow. so tomorrow will be nice and overall temperatures this week than bad, but we will have some cold -- aren't that bad, but we will have some cold temperatures again. 39 degrees outside. we'll have that full forecast detailing everything when we return. >>> from what i'm hearing today's weather was just enough that people want to say good- bye winter, just bring on spring. let's move on. >> can't quite do that yet. it is still febru
at the media for a series of false reports. the risponse comes on the eve of the pope benedict xvi's finaling before he steps down. there is it a secret report . scandals in the vat strat helped to promptment pope's reznition. the vatican said it is it only an attempt to influence those who will replace him. >> it is deplorable as we draw closer to the time . l beginning of the conclave and they will be held in conscience and before god to freely indicate the choice there is it a wide spread deliberation of false unverifiable news story. >> pope benedict xvi will officially step down on thursday. the conclave sect expect totted choose his successor will start in march. >> olympic star oscar pistorius spending time at a luxury home in a family member. reports that he may be reaching out to his dead girlfriend's family. oscar pistorius murdered his model girlfriend shooting her four timings. his next court appearance was sit in june. >> he is belove he mitted to killing her claiming that he thought she was a intruder. joining me is geraldo rivera. so good to have you here. you have covered the
of thousands gather in st. peter's square as pope benedict delivers his last sunday blessing. this, as the vatican lashes out at scandalous rumors over why the pope is actually leaving. >>> and we're going oscar crazy this morning, looking at the likely winners and the long shots. "silver linings playbook" won big at the spirit awards last night. is that a precursor of what's to come tonight? just hours to go before the curtain goes up on hollywood's biggest night. >>> hey, good morning, everybody. we've got a live shot of the red carpet in the hollywood. in a few hours, it's going to be crawling with stars, including our own robin roberts and lara spencer. who will leading our coverage at 7:00 p.m. eastern. the spirit awards were held overnight where "silver linings playbook" cleaned up. does it fore shadow a big win for that film? ron claiborne still holding out for "les miserables." >> it was a huge night for jennifer lawrence. for "silver linings playbook." lot of people were talking about that, does she win best actress award? >>> also coming up -- not great news, 11 states in
about, another fox news alert. and we have a live report from the vatican, pope benedict is giving hits final sunday blessing and hundreds of thousands in the square, and his last public appearance as pope and final appearance on wednesday and steps down on thursday, the first pope to resign in 600 years, just as oscar pistorius is dealing with murder charges we're learning that his brother is in the same situation. overnight details emerging that carl pistorius is facing homicide charges over a 2010 car crash. he allegedly hit and killed a female cyclist driving recklessly. and the attorney says that the woman allegedly drove into his car. and the subject they're searching for after the deadly drive-by shooting on the las vegas rip. 26-year-old amar harris. the black range rover was found at an apartment complex near the strip. that s.u.v. rode up to a maserati. and that exploded killing three people. in dallas the monorail gets stuck 20 feet above ground and took about half an hour for them to rescue 100 poom from t the-- people from the rail. >> clayton: thanks. >> tucker: five days
. appreciate that from you. more coming up. >>> now to the vatican, where moments ago, pope benedict made history, delivering his weekly sunday prayers from the balcony for the last time before he retires this thursday. all this, as the vatican is fighting back against the swirl of scandal with the pope's spokesman making extraordinary accusations against the media. abc's david wright is in rome. >> reporter: this was the last time we will see him in the window for the pope's weekly appointment with the faithful. this time, next week, the papal apartment will be sealed for his successor. the elections, or at least the campaign, well under way. it's an election like no other, an absolute monarch, elected by princes who are appointed, the men in red, one of whom will end up wearing white. palace intrigue is part of the history going back 2,000 years. >> through the course of centuries, cardinals have to face many forms of pressure. >> reporter: now the vatican says that the media is trying to meddle. >> today, there is an attempt to do this through public opinion. >> reporter: salacious cha
filled st. peter's square for pope benedict's final blessing. four days he will step down as head of the catholic church. the vatican is dealing with new allegations today involving one of its cardinals. anne thompson has more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, erica. it's a mixture of joy and intrigue here in vatican city. this morning catholics and the curious jammed st. peter's square to hear pope benedict's final blessing. this got not only a blessing but the pope also shed light on why he resigned. god had called him on the mountain to live a life of more prayer and meditation but he wasn't going to abandon the church. the 85-year-old pontiff said that god had had asked him to live this life with the same kind of dedication but to do so more in a way appropriate to his age and strength. now, this very joyous event took place against a background of scandal. there are new headlines in britain this morning, three priests and a former priest accused the scottish cardinal keith o'brien of inappropriate behavior going back some 30 years. they want cardinal o'brien to resign
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whenever you want. visit citi.com/thankyoucards to apply. >>> pope benedict xvi is scheduled tomorrow to give his final prayer. today he came out to spray with the cardinals. meantime the italian media the reporting that the pope's resignation is based on the latest allegations. the vatican today slammed the media for what it calls defamatory falsified reports. >>> in los angeles, cardinal roger mahoney was unflappable as he answered questions under oath today. he was deposed for nearly 3-1/2 hours about his handling of clergy sex abuse cases during his time as los angeles arch bishop. church documents have suggested that mahoney knew priests were sexually abusing children but went out of his way to shield arrest. >>> today french president said france is engaged in the final phase of the fight against militants who are believed to be hiding in a mountainous area. troops from neighboring african nations are scheduled to move in. >>> take a look at this blaze in a fireworks warehouse in china. firefighters say the fire started in a candle company on the third floor of the building then
macfarlane is hosting. it should be funny. >>> about 100,000 packed st. pet peter's quer. pope benedict told the faithfuls he would not abandon the church. i understand there seems to be a new complication involving one of the key cardinals playing a role in choosing a new pope. tell us about the new wrinkle, if you will. >> reporter: it looks like a day doesn't go by without a cardinal being implicated into a scandal of sexual nature. we heard of cardinal mahoney of los angeles and sean brady of ireland being implicated of cover ups. today was the day of cardinal keith o'brien from scotland who is the highest cleric in the catholic church of britain. he is being accused by a number of priests, three priests and a former cleric of inappropriate conduct or inappropriate behavior that is believed to be of sexual nature about 30 years ago. the vatican hasn't reacted to those allegations that were made today. a source goes and says that the pope is being briefed about the new scandal this afternoon. in the meantime as it happened for cardinal mahoney and cardinal brady public opinions against th
city, where more than 100,000 gathered in stst. peter's square to hear pope benedict read the angelus to the faithful one final time. anne thompson joins us. the world just saw benedict xvi on that balcony window for the last time. what's the mood been there to y today? >> reporter: i think a lot of gratitude and also sadness to see him retire. but peoplens why he wants to retire. he's 85. he told the crowd that he's not going to abandon the church, alex. he said that in instead god has asked him to lave life of more prayer and meditation, and he says that's more appropriate for someone of his age and his strengths. >> yeah. you know, not to besmirch all this, but there were some reports circulating in some italian papers about blackmail being a reason why the pope was stepping down. how does the vatican address that? >> the vatican has come back very strongly against those reports, alex. they were in a paper called la republica this past week. and the vatican took the unusual step yesterday, the vatican secretary of state, of calling -- of issuing a statement calling the situation b
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